All About The Kids: Da Internz Give Back

I must give a shoutout to Chicago’s very own producers extraordinaire, Da Internz, who were recognized for their recent work with a group of teenage ladies involved in America SCORES. America SCORES is a nationwide youth development program that combines soccer, poetry writing and service learning all to help promote literacy and discourage obesity among inner-city kids. The young ladies won a community-wide poetry slam and were rewarded with three days in the studio with Da Internz.

Check out the full story by clicking the link below:

School of Hip-Hop: Da Internz bring some teenagers into the studio

And, while you’re clicking links, you might wanna head on over to iTunes and check out Mims’ new single “Move If You Wanna,” produced by Da Internz. Chicago, please take a bow!

Move If You Wanna (Prod. by Da Internz) – Mims

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P.S. I see you, Kos!

Lush Cosmetics – Charity Pot

It’s no secret that the winter can bring about horribly dry skin. I feel like I’m applying lotion and a slew of other moisturizers CONSTANTLY. I guess it’s just one of those things that we can’t avoid (like political scandals in Chicago). 

If you’re looking for a new moisturizer to add into your routine, I suggest that you check out LUSH Cosmetics’ Charity Pot. I sampled it a few days ago and my hands felt super soft after using it, and the smell was actually very light and nice. 

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The best part about the Charity Pot is (obviously) the retail price is donated to LUSH’s Charity Pot program, which donates money to a host of animal and environmental rights charities. You can purchase the Charity Pot as a stand-alone item (7.9 oz, $20.45), or you can purchase it as part as the Charity Pot Holiday Gift Set ($59.95).

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(Includes Charity Pot, and fair trade lotion, a massage bar, soap and shower gel)

For more information on the organizations that LUSH supports, click here!

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Last Minute Notice!

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Hey, all! I meant to post this earlier, but the day completely got away from me! Anywho, Mr. Mariah Carey himself, Nick Cannon, will be DJing tonight at The Underground‘s First Annual “Grinch Who Gave Back Christmas” benefit. Tonight’s event is raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

You’ll be asked to make a donation at the door so DON’T be cheap especially since it will be donated to a great cause, and you get to party in the same room as Mr. Wildin’ Out! Not too shabby!

P.S. If you do go out tonight, please be careful. With tonight’s ice storm and Daley’s trifling nature, the streets will most certainly be hazardous! I was planning to hit a few events tonight, but if you know me then you know that I refuse to combine unnecessary driving and inclement weather! So, I’m very sad about tonight…especially since I always have a great time at Underground (one of many examples below)!

 

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One Week Left for Kenneth Cole To Give To Your Charity

Designer/social activist, Kenneth Cole, is helping you donate to the charity of your choice. When you buy $100 worth of merchandise, you will receive a donation card or access code which will allow you to donate $10 of Kenneth Cole money to the charity of your choice using the Network for Good!

You have until December 24th to make a purchase, and have until March 31st to redeem your code. For more info, click here!

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Celebrity Spotlight: Ludacris

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Celebrities deserve some shine for all of the good works that they do. I’m dedicating the first celebrity spotlight to Chris “Ludacris” Bridges for three reasons…

1. He kicked off his “LudaCrismas in Toyland” initiative here in Chicago on Tuesday

2. He has been one of the most consistent philanthropic entertainers. Since 2001, the Ludacris Foundation has donated over $750,000 to nonprofit organizations.

3. He looks TOO sharp in the photo above (taken at a recent shoot for Michigan Avenue Magazine).

LudaCrismas will visit New York on Thursday and Miami on Friday before returning to Atlanta to host an event on Saturday. The Ludacris Foundation partnered with community organizations in each city to put together an event for children to enjoy food, entertainment, and games in a festive holiday environment! These Christmas parties are apart of the LudaCares Initiative which is dedicated to supporting kids and families in need during the holiday season

If you would like to show your support for this foundation and learn more the programs offered, please head on over to the website. Go LUDA!

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P.S. “LudaCrismas” is not to be confused with “LudaChristmas,” the holiday event featured on 30 Rock…In case you were wondering!

Upcoming Toy Drives

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As expected, there have been numerous toy drives all over the city. This past weekend, both Anna Kournikova and former Chicago Bears player, Jerry Azumah, hosted toy drives for their respective charities. And, this week, there are still more opportunities for you to show up and drop something off for a deserving child!

Thurs, 12/18: Latino Toys for Tots Party – This event, hosted by Telemundo anchor Tsi-Tsi-Ki Felix, is a benefit for the Erie Neighborhood House and includes appetizers and Don Julio and Ciroc cocktails.

Where: Enclave (220 W. Chicago) from 6-9p

Suggested Donation: Toy Valued at $30 or more

RSVP to chicagolatinonetwork.com/holiday2008rsvp.php

Fri, 12/19: Ignite the Spirit Fund’s 5th Annual Toy Drive – Come out and help Chicago firefighters collect toys for three local children’s hospitals! This group has also produced a 2009 calendar to raise funds for families. You’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the featured gentlemen and purchase a calendar.

Where: Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison) from 7-10p

Suggested Donation: $30.00 without a toy or a $15.00 with a toy, includes unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks

Sat, 12/20: Negro League Legends Collect Toys for Tots – Several players from the Negro Leagues will be signing autographs along with collecting toys for the Illinois Toys for Tots organization.

Where: JC J Memorabilia – Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave) from 12-3p

Now, you can’t say that you missed your chance to give a toy! Get out there and drop something off…And, don’t forget to give with a cheerful heart! This is a joyous time of year :-)

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Peek Inside Chicago Society Circles

I tend to cover charity/philanthropy that’s a little more accessible than your big-ticket $500/ticket galas. However, if you’re like me and still interested in what events Chicago’s top movers-and-shakers attend, then check out Crain’s Chicago Business’ Social Whirl section. Mary Cameron Frey does a great job of covering events and you can also check out the photo gallery for a true Who’s Who in Chicago!

Click here to be whisked away!

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Candace Jordan (Image by Paul Sherman)

 

UPDATE: 

You should also follow Candace Jordan, one of Chicago’s premiere and F-A-B socialites. She wears many philanthropic hats and is always on everyone’s A-List. Read her adventures on her site, Candid Candace!

 

Also, there is a new website launching called Chicago Society Book. Bookmark the site now by visiting this link!

Happy socialite hunting!

 

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Sears Wants You to Grant Our Heroes' Wishes

While watching Saturday night TV, I saw a commercial encouraging Americans to support our military families through Sears’ “Heroes at Home” Wish Registry. The Registry allows military families to write their stories and create a wish list of items that they would love to have this Christmas. Some of the stories made me misty-eyed and made me wish that I had enough money to buy a million items for the families!

When you visit Sears.com/wish, you can read stories and view the wish lists, make a general donation, write a note of encouragement, and much more! I’m assuming that the registry closes on Christmas, but I could be wrong! If I find out otherwise, I’ll update the post!

Sears is also donating $250,000 to the USO and another $250,000 to Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that rehabilitates the homes of low-income families (particularly the elderly and disabled).

I’m getting all tingly as I type…I love the giving spirit :-)

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"Tue" Fabulous

Tuesday is a pretty ho-hum day of the week…I feel like no one looks forward to it. So, I’m going to do my part to give the day some PIZAZZ with an assortment of quotes, shoes, and bags!

Quote of the Week

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Dream Shoe of the Week – L.A.M.B. “Primose” Pumps

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Dream Bag of the Week – Treesje Avalon Tote

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Anthem of the Week – “Funkin’ for Jamaica” – Tom Browne

Funkin For Jamaica – Tom Browne

I’m dedicating this song to the negative Chicago wind chill! Just to spite you, I’m going to play this song ON BLAST and pretend I’m at a summer BBQ. Please pass the Corona…

 

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Fabulous Gifts Part II

Happy Monday! I finally have part II of Fabulous Gifts, a short list of little trinkets to bring big joy on a small budget!

Wine Glass Tags and Decor 

How many times have you been at a gathering drinking wine and someone says “Which glass is mine?” A million for me! A former co-worker owns “Wine Lines,” and I think they are hilarious. Each tag says something tongue-in-cheek which can describe your wine along with you. I was “Fruity, yet firm and well-stacked.” Haha!

1. Wine Lines                           2. Stem Adornments

                                    3. Shopping Tags

 

1. Wine Lines, $6.99 2. Stem Adornments, $13.95 3. Shopping-Themed Charms, $17.99

 

Swarovski Pencils

We’ve come a long way from our Bedazzler days, at least I hope we have. But, anyways…it still feels nice to own sparkly things. I saw these pencils over at A Woman’s Worth, and fell in love! These Swarovski-tipped pencils are so beautiful that you may have a hard time bringing yourself to actually use them!

Swarovski Pencils 

Each pencil costs $7 and can be purchased on RedStamp.com!

 

Handmade Jewelry

It’s no secret that accessories can totally make (or break) an outfit. Instead of gifting jewelry purchased at an overpriced retail store, why not support independent artisans and their creations? If you aren’t sure where to start, head on over to Etsy.com.

 

And, of course, if you can’t see yourself buying a gift that isn’t sold in the mall, at least shop at a store that rewards you with points and/or sends you coupons in the mail (a la Bebe, Express, Macy’s, etc). After all, we are still (make that, definitely) in a recession!

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